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Date: 22 Jun 2016 02:06:33
Title: Sailing up the Beagle Channel

Another beautiful sunrise over Tierra del Fuego and the Beagle Channel greeted us on the shortest day of the year. It’s downhill from here as the days start, oh so imperceptibly, to get longer again. I never tire of watching the light change over the sea and the mountains. A good thing too, as tomorrow we will cast off from the Micalvi, to set sail up the Chilean channels, a journey that will take four to five months, during which we will travel over a thousand miles in one of the most remote parts of the world.

Since Franco returned from Jersey, we have been very busy: replacing the parts that had failed, repairing sails, improving the way we do things, cleaning from top to bottom, adding more insulation, loading on fuel, etc. Franco has also been working furiously getting books published and I have also helped on the Pesda front, editing a book about canoeing in Wales.

Our first leg will take us past Ushuaia, the southernmost town in Argentina, along the northern arm of the Beagle Channel with its many hanging glaciers, into the Strait of Magellan, past Cape Froward, the southern most tip of the mainland, and eventually to Puerto Natales, a popular tourism destination on the edge of the Torres del Paine National Park. We expect to arrive before 21 August. In the meantime we will be contactable through caramor at mainsail.com.

We leave you with a few photos.

Kath repairing the main sail

The Beagle Channel

Cliffs the other side of the Beagle Channel, on Tierra del Fuego - they catch the sun mid afternoon

Rio Robalo - a very special river


Frozen

Seno Lauta from the Bridge ‘Los Alamos’ at sunset















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